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IBM Engages AJAX with Free Friendly Tool

Development Engagement Service (DevEngage) Comes from Blue's Israeli Lab

An example provided by IBM of this technology in action might be at a small business where lunch is ordered every day from a local restaurant. The office manager collects orders and at the end of the week subtracts lunch costs from each employee's salary. This application could be used to easily build a Web-based form where each employee fills in his lunch order every day. The application could calculate the weekly or monthly costs and keep everything orderly. On the flip side, the restaurant owner may want people to be able to order food online -- even without actually purchasing the food. This way the restaurant owner can prepare the right food on time and know to whom the food should be delivered.

Another example involves an onsite operations manager interested in keeping track of renovation costs. If the user wants to collect price quotes from various contractors, she would normally update a spread sheet every time new information is gathered. Putting this information on the Web with IBM Development Engagement Service allows anyone to access the file and update it, collect price quotes, analyze the information or collect references -- all in one central location without having to know how to program.

IBM Development Engagement Service is available as a hosted technology on IBM alphaWorks Services, which was established to allow early adopters access to emerging software services from IBM research and development labs. By eliminating the need to download and install IBM Development Engagement Service, IBM is engaging the community as early as possible in the development process, and inviting them to participate in its evolution. Users can start building their own applications with this free IBM technology by going to: http://services.alphaworks.ibm.com/devengage/.

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AjaxWorld News Desk 05/18/07 11:39:24 AM EDT

Unlike application wikis which require technology-savvy users and do not address workflow or data storage in a database, the IBM Developer Engagement Service is designed to appeal to the average business user. It requires no elaborate instructions, cumbersome download or installation of any new software, enabling users to focus on the problem at hand. A typical user has limited experience using software 'wizards,' documents, spreadsheets and forms, and knows how to create items in a 'canvas' and later rearrange them using basic drag and drop functions.